ESXi installations have different modes, options for accessing the installation media, and options for booting the installer.

Understanding the different installation options available, will help you prepare for installing ESXi.

The following modes are available for installing VMware ESXi software:

Interactive mode – This is the recommended method for small deployments (less than 5 hosts).

Scripted mode – An efficient way to deploy multiple hosts. See Installing ESXi Using Scripted Mode.

Depending on the installation mode you choose, different options are available for accessing the installation media and booting the installer. Installation Overview shows the necessary steps for the installation paths that are available.

Installation Overview
The process overview diagram shows installation paths.